- Published on Monday, 29 June 2015 14:58
A recruitment advert for a “craft fitter” at Coulport gives an insight into the work which is performed within the Top Secret facility which stores and handles Trident nuclear warheads on the shores of Loch Long.
- Published on Saturday, 20 June 2015 21:06
Veronika Tudhope (Vice-chair of Scottish CND) spoke at the Scotland United Against Austerity rally in Glasgow. A video is available at http://bit.ly/1Szl1fh (28:00). She said:
I’m one of many Scots working hard to get rid of nuclear weapons from Scotland, from the UK and from the whole world.
I talk a lot to people about this aim and, somewhat to my surprise, not everyone agrees with me.
Apparently some people think they are needed to make us feel secure. So what threatens the people of Scotland? What threat to Scotland’s people outweighs the danger of accident, malicious attack or war leading to a nuclear explosion centred on a spot only 25 miles from Glasgow?
- Published on Thursday, 18 June 2015 09:22
The Navy have thrown out William McNeilly, the submariner who blew the whistle on nuclear submarines, describing Trident as "a disaster waiting to happen". He has been given a dishonourable discharge. In response a spokesperson for Scottish CND said:
"When the Navy interviewed McNeilly they were only interested in discrediting what he had published. They don't appear to have tried to get to the root of the problems he raised. The allegations are so serious that they must be investigated thoroughly, not just brushed aside. It is the Navy who have acted dishonourably, not William McNeilly.
- Published on Monday, 08 June 2015 13:15
In 1980 Margaret Thatcher gave the go ahead for the programme to replace Polaris with Trident. She also allowed President Reagan to base US Ground Launched Cruise Missiles (GLCM) at Greenham Common. Today we appear to have slipped back to the dangerous world of 35 years ago. David Cameron is preparing to authorise a new submarine-based nuclear weapon system which will replace Trident. Now Philip Hammond, speaking on the Andrew Marr show, has said that the UK might be willing to accept American GLCM.
GLCM and other Intermediate Range nuclear weapons were particularly destabilising during the Cold War. One of the biggest achievements that has ever been made in nuclear arms control was the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. This removed several types of Russian and American nuclear weapon, including GLCM.
- Published on Thursday, 28 May 2015 12:56
- Published on Thursday, 28 May 2015 09:04
- Published on Sunday, 24 May 2015 09:26
Rum Ration is an unofficial forum for discussion on Royal Navy issues. Rob Edward's article on William McNeilly was posted on Rum Ration last Sunday and then removed by the Ministry of Defence within a few hours. In addition McNeilly's report was posted on scribd.com then taken off the site. So much for transparency.